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23 April 2021

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at Henry Fox Talbot, Théo Giacometti, Shakespeare, macro flash, Canon's ERR 70, Panasonic S1 autofocus, Fujifilm pixel shift and Gigapixel AI.

  • Sotheby's auctioned a collection of nearly 200 early images by Henry Fox Talbot this week. The mid-19th century collection belonged to Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, his half-sister, and had remained with the family for over 170 years.
  • In I'm Not From Here, Théo Giacometti shot his way from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. "Everything here seems false, hypocritical, superficial. The relationship to religion, to money, to the rest of the world. I don't feel like I belong here," he explains. That only aroused his curiosity, though. A photographer has to "be interested in people, things, margins."
  • To celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday today, the Guardian has published 23 stills from his play by Tristram Kenton. The images include scenes with Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, David Harewood and Toby Jone, among others.
  • Peter Dam discusses How to Work With Flash in Macro Photography. "With a simple piece of equipment, you get more creative space," he writes.
  • Scott Kelby has an Update on My Canon R6 'ERR 70' Problem. Tamron was great but he thinks it was the R6 firmware, which he's just updated. If not, a former Canon tech suggested it would be the motherboard.
  • Kirk Tuck did a shoot at Esther's Follies with the Panasonic S1 and a Panasonic 24-105mm f4.0 zoom. Contradicting the reviews he'd read, he found the face-detect autofocus hit the spot every time.
  • Jim Kasson tackles Sheen and Specular Surfaces With Fujifilm Pixel Shift on the GFX 100. He didn't see an issue. "This is not the kind of subject for which pixel shift offers much improvement, aside from the noise reduction due to averaging," he writes.
  • Topaz Labs has released Gigapixel AI v5.5.0 at $79.99 ($20 off). "The new 'Very Compressed' AI Model helps you upscale and enhance low resolution images by up to 600%. All AI models have been updated for those on newer hardware, offering slightly sharper output than the legacy models," the company notes.

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